character sketch

noun Literature.
a short essay describing a person; literary profile. Compare character ( def 17 ).

Origin:
1880–85

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character sketch
 
n
a brief description or portrayal of a person's character, qualities, etc

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Main Entry:  character sketch1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a brief description of a person's qualities
Main Entry:  character sketch2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a dramatic portrayal of a unique individual
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Perhaps more contributive than either the older story of romantic adventure or the character sketch, was the drama.
Composite character sketch of a category of potential agent.
Write a character sketch of an employee providing quality customer service.
Your essay may be in the form of a character sketch or portrait.
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